Austin History Center
"...and everything, who's been an adjunct professor at Southwestern University, UT, and UT-Arlington. But most of town knows him as the executive director of the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, often cited as Austin's most successful community nonprofit housing developer, which has built more than 100 rental and sale units for low- and moderate-income residents in East Austin..."
"...At issue is the LCRA's proposed $4 million acquisition of the water/wastewater system of FM Properties' developments on Barton Creek. Neither the Sierra Club's Austin Regional Group nor the Save Barton Creek Association fancy the notion of the LCRA getting intimately involved in FM Properties' wastewater system, particularly given the system's (and the corporation's) prior history as a polluter..."
"...The companies are the world's largest solid waste corporations: Waste Management Inc., owner of the 290-acre Austin Community Landfill, and Allied Wastes/ Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI for short), owner of 352-acre Sunset Farms. About one-third of Austin's municipal waste goes to BFI, and the city also maintains two smaller contracts with WMI..."
"...In comparison to the other contentious items on the agenda, a public hearing on the once-sticky boundary-dispute settlement between the city and Lumbermen's Investment Corporation was downright placid...."
"..."They wanted an increase in entitlement, and some of my neighbors' first reaction was 'no way,'" she recalls. Instead, she remembers negotiating a resolution where, in exchange for the NA's acquiescence to Fairfield's request, the developers contributed to an affordable-housing fund administrated by the Bouldin Creek Community Development Corporation..."
"...Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor – an immigrant detention facility funded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, operated by Corrections Corporation of America, and administered by Williamson County – often brings Terlingua resident Adrienne Evans to tears..."
"... On the city beat, all the Austin municipal bond propositions passed easily and early, with the lowest victory percentage for Proposition 4 arts and community centers at a comfortable 58%. Naked City After months of stonewalling the neighborhood and independent media, Lincoln Property Co. announced Wednesday by way of an enthusiastic profile in the business section of the Statesman that it intends to plant a new-style, "urban" Wal-Mart in what used to be Northcross Mall, but henceforth will be the trendily renamed "Northcross Center." Lincoln retail VP Robert Dozier told the daily that the new Austin store will be "completely out of the box" referring to its design features, not the corporation's abrupt springing of its plans on the community..."
"...There should be no room for misogynistic ads on a page where a hate crime is reported. Yet, a quick glance at page 21 of last week's edition both reports on two local women's rapes by executives of a dot-com corporation ["Raped by the Players," Jan..."
"..."In order to get into business, you have to have money," Paul Hernandez says. "If you have no money, you don't have credit, and the banks do not lend to you as a people money, how are you going into business? The other thing is, how are you going to compete against a franchise corporation? There's no way."..."
"...Once the land is acquired, the URA will sell it to either a private developer or a non-profit corporation, which may be public or private. It will only sell the land if URA design specifications are met, allowing the body to retain control of the project's progress, aesthetics, and other factors...."
"...BLINDSIDING JUSTICE: If Congressional conservatives get their way, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) may soon be extinct. The LSC is a private, national organization that uses federal money to provide legal aid to poor people - some 10,000 in Central Texas alone last year, with another 3,000 turned away for lack of funds, according to local LSC executive director Regina Rogoff...."
"...The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported last week that Byron Marshall, president of the Austin Revitalization Authority, is in the running to be named Richmond's chief administrative officer, the top ranking staff post in the city's bureaucracy. Marshall has run the ARA, a nonprofit community land corporation contracted with the city to revitalize East 11th and 12th streets, since 1999..."
"...because the company provides major financial backing for the nation's private prison industry. Lehman Brothers, a global investment banking firm, has underwritten $600 million in bonds for the UT System since 1988 and has also helped secure finances for several of the nation's largest private-prison vendors -- including organizing the 2002 bailout of Corrections Corporation of America, in part by providing the recently bankrupt company with a $715 million loan, according to NWOM..."
"...The bills passed by both House and Senate would ban soft money, i.e., the huge unlimited contributions which large corporations, the wealthy, and unions give to the parties. Anyone who thinks a congress person will remain totally objective when considering legislation pertaining to these special interests is living in a fantasy world...."
"...rep., Lloyd Doggett, who helped secure a federal grant for the project and sponsored the press conference. But the deal, a public/private partnership shepherded by the Austin Housing Finance Corporation and Council Member Daryl Slusher, represents a breakthrough for the city's SMART Housing program..."
"...Many members of OCEAN are the old guard of African-Americans who never left East Austin, plus a mixture of Hispanics and whites, mostly from the Guadalupe neighborhood, all of whom attested support for commercial development but argued that the implementation process is flawed. Particularly in light of the lack of neighborhood representation on a 14-member private corporation charged with implementation of the plan, called the Austin Revitalization Authority (ARA), whose membership includes primarily bankers, developers, Chamber representatives, and area business owners..."
"...The decision comes down from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, which awards tax credits throughout the state on the basis of a point system. The tax credits are the SCIP II's primary source of funding, and, to make matters worse, the credit denial triggers the expiration of an agreement SCIP II contractors had with the Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC); AHFC would have given $1.8 million in grants and city-owned land to the project if SCIP II had secured the credits...."
"...While city housing officials have no local model for their proposed commercial revitalization effort -- called the Austin Redevelopment Authority (ARA) -- one near-complete Eastside project may offer insight into how they will manage the ARA. Namely, the East Austin Development Corporation's (EADC) construction of a two-story office building at 1007 East 11th Street...."